Candid discussions of sensitive issues such as stigma and its effects on morale and health complement scientific and medical inquiries into the origins of the disease and the development of antiretroviral therapies. An analysis of groundbreaking solutions such as "medication adherence partners," prevention strategies, and current vaccine models adds a glimmer of hope to a seemingly hopeless crisis.
Richard G. Marlink, PhD, is senior researcher and executive director of the Harvard AIDS Institute at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, MA. Dr. Marlink has developed HIV/AIDS research and education initiatives in Botswana, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, and Thailand.
Alison G Kotin is research publications coordinator at the Harvard AIDS Institute at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, MA.
The real story of AIDS—how it originated with a virus in a chimpanzee, jumped to one human, and then infected more than 60 million people—is very different from what most of us think we know. Recent research has revealed dark surprises and yielded a radically new scenario of how AIDS began and spread. Excerpted and adapted from the book Spillover, with a new introduction by the author, Quammen's hair-raising investigation tracks the virus from chimp populations in the jungles of southeastern Cameroon to laboratories across the globe, as he unravels the mysteries of when, where, and under what circumstances such a consequential "spillover" can happen. An audacious search for answers amid more than a century of data, The Chimp and the River tells the haunting tale of one of the most devastating pandemics of our time.